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Preserving the Legacy

Sponsor Panel

This project would not be possible without the generous donations from our many sponsors. 

The sponsor panel shown here will also be placed at the statue site.

Bronzing the Statue

With the blessing of the original artists, the foundation has preserved the sculpture of John Peters Humphrey as public art by replacing the wooden bench with stone, and by having the wooden sculpture bronzed.

Simply put, John Peters Humphrey is showing his age. After over thirteen years of exposure to the elements, his wooden likeness is showing serious deterioration. This was to be expected as an art piece created out of wood, and over the years the Foundation at its own expense has had repairs and touch-ups done as needed. In later years, a winter cover was built for the most extreme weather and the original wooden laminated bench was covered. But there comes a point in time when that is not enough and when something more permanent must be done. That point has come.

Throughout the year, the sculpture site is a draw for people to sit alongside the figure of Humphrey in quiet thought. The two, three-meter sandstone monoliths that form part of the site have articles of the declaration carved into it in English, French, and Mi’kmaq languages, and surrounding interpretive panels tell the story of Humphrey, his history, and his worldly accomplishments.


Visitors to our town seek out the site. John Peters Humphrey has been woven into our town’s tourism messaging and this public art piece has been a catalyst for other works of art in our town with human rights/environmental messaging. Young and old alike learn about what human rights are in a tangible way in our town and beyond. We want to preserve all of that and continue to build upon it.

Project Complete   April 30, 2023

Join us to celebrate the completion of this project with an unveiling cerermony planned for Sunday, April 30, 2023. John Peters Humphrey was born in Hampton on April 30, 1905.  Preserving the legacy of John Peters Humphrey and his contributions to Human Rights around the world is central to the mission of the Foundation. The Credo is a place to gather, reflect and acknowledge our beautiful town and how we can advocate for the protection of human rights for all. 


The ceremony will start with an invitation to walk the Dove Pathway, an art installation project highlighting the Articles of the Declaration of Human Rights done by local students. The opening remarks will commence at 1pm on the lawn of the Town of Hampton Town Hall, next to the Credo site. A time capsule will also be sealed and include items recognizing the state of human rights today to be opened and reflected upon in 75 years. 


All are welcome to join for a reception and chance to celebrate this immediately following the ceremony to be held in the Council Chambers of the Town Hall. Light refreshments served. 


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Human Rights Writing and Art Contest

Human Rights Writing and Art Contest

The Hampton John Peters Humphrey Foundation is holding a contest for all students Grade 12 and below. The submissions may be in the form of art, writing or poetry and relate to the topic: What are Human Rights?


Topic: What are Human Rights?


  • Two Prizes of $250 each.

    • Age 10 and under

    • Age 11 to 18


  • Submission can be in form of poetry, essay or artwork. No more than two pages in length.

  • Deadline to submit: April 10, 2023

  • Winners to be announced at Preserving the Legacy event on April 30.

  • Link to information on Human Rights for students


Each Submission must include:

  1. Full Name

  2. Age as of April 30, 2023

  3. Contact Phone number and name of parent if under 10

  4. Current School/ home school

  5. Mailing Address


All submissions must be emailed to and received before midnight April 10, 2023.


Submission to the contest provides permission for publication of the work by the Hampton John Peters Humphrey Foundation, along with the name of the individual.


Contest open to all ages 18 and under.

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